Tow Redemption Fee Class Action Filed Against Belleville, IL
Posted on Dec 08, 2015I filed a class action (my 7th) against the City of Belleville, Illinois for their "tow redemption" fees. "Tow Redemption" fees are money required to be paid to the Belleville City Clerk after a car is towed in association with a criminal violation. For example, if a person is arrested for the offense of DUI they must pay a criminal bond, a tow fee, impoundment fee, and a tow redemption fee. The redemption fee is merely a piece of paper that the City charges an additional $500.00 fee for. The law is clear regarding this fee. The fee cannot be charged unless it is "reasonably related" to its intended purpose. In other words, in reparation for a service provided. The statute states specifically what the fee is intended to recoup. I anticipate after discovery is completed and the class certified the City will attempt an appeal such as has been attempted by four other municipalities. They lost at the appeallate level. I will continue to update my site as we progress.